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  • Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
  • Methought I heard a voice cry "sleep no more!"
  • Sleep No More!!!
  • To know my deed, 'twere best not know myself. Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst!
  • Macbeth witnesses a dagger, floating in the air, shortly before he goes into King Duncan’s chamber to murder him in his sleep. He tries to grab it, but cannot because it is not a physical reality. The dagger represents Macbeth’s inner turmoil and feelings of horror about the murder.
  • O gentle lady, 'Tis not for you to hear what I can speak: The repetition, in a woman's ear, Would murder as it fell.
  • When Macbeth killed Duncan, he thought he heard a voice proclaiming he will have sleepless nights. This represents the motif of sleep and death throughout the play, because earlier the witches cast a spell proclaiming no one could sleep.
  • "There's daggers in men's smiles:"
  • Macbeth is showing how he is not happy with his decision to kill king Duncan. He wishes he were asleep or unconscious so he would not have to deal with the knowledge that he has killed the king.By saying this, he is showing that he feels guilty for what he has done. Macbeth continues to do bad things in pursuit of power.
  • "Woe! Alas! What, In our house?
  • Macduff is talking to Lady Macbeth moments after King Duncan’s murder. Murder is the main motif here, as Macduff is addressing the woman who is seen as cold, cruel, sadistic, remorseless, and bloodthirsty. Macduff assumes she might actually die if he were to describe the horrible scene he had just witnessed
  • Duncan has just been murdered and his sons, Donalbain and Malcolm, are watching people weep as they contemplate who was responsible for the murder. People will smile to their face but the very same smiles can kill them. Duncan was not good in character.
  • The way Lady Macbeth reacts to Banquo telling of the murder of Duncan connects with the motif of how the killing threads throughout the act.
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